A skater since age 6, Perry Boskus boasts a lifetime of experience, success and knowledge about skating as president of Global Synthetic Ice, the nation's leading manufacturer of synthetic ice and synthetic ice facilities.
As a two-time North Atlantic figure skating champion, Perry switched to speed skating and hockey, becoming Eastern Seaboard speed skating champion in just three years. At Don Bosco Preparatory High School, he lettered four times in varsity hockey, winning kudos for his many game-winning slap shots. He earned a hockey scholarship to New Hampshire College.
Launching a successful career as a professional figure skating coach, Perry trained Florida's first Junior National and Junior World champions. In 1992, he became skating director of Tampa Bay Skating Academy, which achieved a high profile and record student enrollment under his lead as one of the nation’s top coaches.
When in-line skating gained popularity, Perry formed Bladerunners in-line skating school, coaching youth roller hockey and creating a successful instructional video. He also owned and managed skating facilities while coaching figure and hockey skaters to world class levels.
2005 International Business of the Year Finalist
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Business of the Year banquet, 2005
All the while, Perry often tested synthetic ice and saw huge potential but a lack of glide characteristics to compare with real ice. Using synthetic ice as a training surface, he observed students improve strength and performance on these less-than-ideal synthetic ice surfaces.
Searching for a better solution, Perry determined that a proper synthetic ice surface required smoother joints with a more realistic "skate like ice" feel. Under his management, the Super-Glide® Team developed the Super Glide® synthetic ice skating surface to eliminate faults common to older synthetic ice surfaces while creating a nearly perfect ice replacement.
Perry’s team conducted exhaustive chemical research to come up with a formula that offered the best glide. Working with a chemist, they also created Super-Glide® Skate Enhancer. In 2007, with new equipment, they engineered a new solution that ensures perfectly smooth joints under any temperature and condition. These breakthroughs have created the world's best synthetic skating surface, Super-Glide® synthetic ice.